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Did you know that the city of Rome has no skyline? Something about no building being higher than the Basilica of St. Peter’s. Here in Northeast LA, we have no such dilemma. There may be some ordinance involving the height of Folliero’s Pizza, we’re still looking into that. We bring this up because this issue is all about landmarks, of which we have several. And we’re not even talking about Chicken Boy. News Editor Margaret Arnold takes a look at the increasing number of new landmarks here in the neighborhood, and one that’s getting an overhaul. That’s in our cover story. And did you know that Highland Park used to have nearly half a dozen movie theatres back in the day? Actually, before back in the day. We’ll take a look at whats become of those buildings. And if it’s June, it’s time for Lummis Day, Northeast LA’s favorite holiday. No big headliner this year, but lots and lots of music, dance, culture, art and poetry, all just down the street at Heritage Square June 5. Read about it inside. We also head south this issue to Palos Verdes and the former site of Marineland of the Pacific, where travel writer Candace Merrill takes us with her to Terranea, a spectacular resort right off the ocean, and worlds away from Division Street. There’s also Wheel Life, with a fast red car, Gizmotics with cool travel gadgets and of course, “Just Ask Me,” your answer to nearly everything. It all begins on the other side of this page. I’ll see you there. Everything, Edward Rivera Editorial Director Arroyo Seco Journal

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and reflections. A variety of media are represented, including Photography, Ceramics, Drawing, Sculpture, Textile Art, Painting and Mixed Media and Digital Art. Artists include Carl Smith and the late Donald Krieger, Brian and Mary Jean Mallman, Cidne Hart and Kevin Haas, Marcos Lutyens and Yi Ping Hau,

Leigh Adams demonstrates the art of creating with glass during NELAart Second Saturday Gallery Night. Adams’ work is featured this month at The Glass Studio on York Boulevard.

Local News
Reduce, Reuse And Recycle Open House Planned
Northeast L.A. residents are invited to learn about “Reducing, Reusing and Recycling” at a Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation open house, Saturday, June 4, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the bureau’s North Central District Yard, 452 N. San Fernando Road. “The Open House showcases Sanitation’s residential collection programs and raises awareness of reducing, reusing and recycling by making real the connections to the economic, environmental and social benefits of reducing waste,” said Cynthia Ruiz, president of the Board of Public Works and Northeast resident The open house will include equipment demos and facility tours, information, a used tire collection, games, refreshments and a visit from the City’s recycling mascots, Mr. Recycle and Robo Blue. Fruit and shade trees, as well as tree mulch and compost from the City’s green waste program, will be available to city residents on a first-come, first-served basis. Kids will receive small vegetable plants to take home and transplant.

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Create a Low-Water Garden
Learn how to create a low water, droughttolerant garden for your home at the next meeting of the Glassell Park Improvement Association. Glassell Park resident Leigh Jerrard of Greywater Corps will demonstrates the benefits of using grey water to irrigate your gardens. Then, The Theodore Payne Foundation will give a presentation on native, drought tolerant plants and landscaping. There will also be updates from the offices of elected officials and the LAPD’s Northeast Division. Thursday, May 19, 7 p.m. Glassell Park Community and Senior Center at Public Storage, 3750 Verdugo Road (at Eagle Rock Boulevard., next to the Rec Center pool).

A new exhibit at the Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock explores the invisible connection represented in the visual art of artist couples. All of the participating artist couples are Northeast Los Angeles residents, and each couple’s works hang face-to-face, inviting comparisons

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Cielo Pessione. There is an accompanying documentary by film makers and couple Barbara Green and Michell Boyaner. The exhibit is curated by Renee Dominique. It will be on view through June 17. Pictured: works by Brian Mallman and Mary Jean Mallman.

Art Walkin’ the Brewery
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The first annual Atwater Art Walk, coordinated by the Northland Village Church, took place along Glendale Boulevard May 14. The event featured an art show, children’s activities and live music at several boulevard locations.

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This issue features a lot more photos than we could ever hope to publish, but thanks to the mysterious alchemy of the Internet , we ‘ve published video siideshows of our major stories this month, including the Landmarks of Northeast LA, Historic Theatres and various art shows and round-ups. You can view them all by visiting our blog at www.arroyosecojournal.blogspot.com, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/arroyosecojournal

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Lights, Camera... NELA!
Now that Northeast Los Angeles’ new high school (Central High School 13, aka Taylor Yards High School) is almost complete, it is time to decide who is going to run it. Six educator-created proposals are in the running for five slots on the Glassell Park campus. The facility, located just west of San Fernando Road off of Division Street, features five separate small school sites co-housed on one property. It is scheduled to open in the Fall of this year. The new public high school will be the first ever located in Glassell Park and will be convenient for residents of Atwater Village, Cypress Park and Elysian Valley as well. It has been badly needed for several generations. Local students have had to walk or ride the bus to Eagle Rock, Marshall, Franklin and Lincoln High Schools. Those schools have been seriously overcrowded. Plus, students have been forced to commute through dangerous competing gang territories just to get to school. Central High School 13 is also providing an opportunity for educators to craft innovative, challenging and engaging ways of learning. “The district is open to new approaches to instruction,” said Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Superintendent Ramón Cortines in announcing the submission process, “and committed to providing a range of choices for students and parents. The goal is providing a high quality education for all children who live within the boundaries of LAUSD.” “They want to feel like citizens of the world,” says Friends of Taylor Yards High School convener and Glassell Park resident Alisa Smith of local students, “and they want the tools that help them feel that way.” Two of the proposals for the new high school are from existing independent charter school chains. Four were submitted by a collaborative of teachers from area public high schools. The small school selection process came about as a result of the “Public School Choice Resolution,” proposed by local Northeast L.A.’s Board of Education representative Yolie Flores Aguilar and passed by the Los Angeles Unified School District Board in 2009. The resolution directed the district to support “school transformation efforts” for low performing schools (known as Focus Schools). It also extended the process to new campuses built with voter-approved bond funds to relieve overcrowding at other schools, which is where Central High School 13 comes into the picture. The application process was open to a variety of entities with an interest in the education of young people. Serious work went into the preparation of applications. The proposals run 150+ pages each in length. There were 16 applicants for the five slots as of the deadline for letters of intent last summer. The number shrunk to six when it came time to submit complete proposals by a December deadline. “It’s been an arduous process in addition to working full time,” says Marshall High School teacher Dain Olsen, part of the teacher collaborative’s ArtLAB proposal. “We proposed a school from top to bottom.” Independent Charter Schools (see accompanying articles about Alliance College-Ready Public Schools and Partnerships to Uplift Communities) are defined by the district as fully

Highlighting Northeast LA’s Local Landmarks
Story and photoS by Margaret arnold
The Highland Theatre sign was glowing in the night sky. In the eight years since, the 502 light bulbs on the classic theatre sign have done what light bulbs do— they’ve burned out. But on May 17, the sign will glow again, thanks to the efforts of a small group of local activists who have made it happen, and thanks to a large number of individuals and community organizations who have contributed money and adopted individual letters. The relighting of the Highland Theatre sign will take place May 17 at 7 p.m. The switch will be flipped up the street at the Old LA Farmers Market, on Marmion Way at Avenue 57, right by the Highland Park Gold Line Station. The event is sponsored by the North Figueroa Association, and the public is most welcome to attend. The Figueroa corridor was once dotted with movie theatres. The Highland Theatre is the only one left. The Highland Theatre dates to 1924. According to local preservation consultants Nicole Possert and Frank Parrello, the building’s dramatic sign is notable for several reasons. It is the largest and most visible rooftop sign in Highland Park. It is a representative example of the first type of electrical signage. And it is one of only two incandescent bulb signs still in use on historic Route 66 in Los Angeles. The sign’s 502 exposed incandescent bulbs spell out “Highland” in green and “Theatre” in clear bulbs. The grand opening of the Highland Theatre took place on March True, Northeast Los Angeles communities are L.A.’s original suburbs, and L.A.’s original arts enclaves. But say you’re passing through—by car or by Gold Line or by bicycle. How are you to know that you are someplace special—someplace worth spending some time to shop, eat, see art, hike or bike? NELA neighborhoods are rolling out the red carpet with a series of eye-grabbing projects. In some cases, the projects are made possible by government agencies. In all cases, they incorporate the work of local artists and have come about as the result of uncountable hours put in by local residents. Not much land dedication has been necessary—a geyser of water shoots into the air from a street corner, a sign is relit on a historic building. But all of the projects tell visitors that they have arrived someplace that has a history filled with color, someplace with a present filled with art, someplace occupied by people who care about the neighborhoods in which they live. 5, 1925. Moving pictures were still a fairly new art form, and 1925 was a pivotal year. Charlie Chaplin released “The Gold Rush,” with its famous scene in which the endearing Little Tramp character is forced to eat his boot for dinner. The “Phantom of the Opera,” one of the first horror films, caused audiences to scream at the sight of the disfigured Phantom. “The Big Parade,” with its realistic depiction of the horrors of World War I, became the highest grossing silent film in movie history. Attending a movie was a major event in 1925. Sweaty storefront movie houses were being replaced with “movie palaces.” The small Highland Park Theatre in the 5600 block of Pasadena Avenue (now North Figueroa Street) was gone. The 1,432 seat Highland Theatre now dominated the Highland Park skyline. The grand opening of the Highland Theatre was an event fitting for a movie palace. Famous actress Norma Shearer came to Highland Park for a personal appearance at the event. The opening night film was “The Lady of the Night,” in which Shearer played a double lead role (“Two girls loved him/one was a lady of luxury/the other was a /LADY OF THE NIGHT”). But moving pictures were not the only entertainment to be found in movie palaces. There was live entertainment as well. In addition to “The Lady of the Night,” opening night at the Highland featured Vaudeville performances. A theater-goer in the age of silent films was apt to see singers, musicians, comedians, circus acts
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The day the Metro Rail Gold Line opened in 2003, Northeast L.A. residents and visitors stood in long lines to experience the new transit option. That evening, a crowded train pulled into the Highland Park Station. Safe to say, a number of the riders had never experienced much of Highland Park before. “Look!” passengers gasped.

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now privately owned.) The theater building itself, a City of Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument, was designed by a noted theatre architect, Lewis A. “L.A.” Smith. Smith designed 28 theaters in the broader area, including South Pasadena’s Rialto, which opened a few months after The Highland, and the Vista at Sunset Junction, which had opened a couple of years before. Smith was also known for his automobile showroom designs. The theatre was constructed at a time when the nature of Main Street U.S.A. was in a state of flux. In 1924, Henry Ford had been turning out assembly-line produced automobiles for a decade, and car culture was taking hold. The sign on top of the Highland Theatre is not visible from the sidewalk directly in front of the building. It is meant to catch the eye of the motorist approaching from up the street. Car culture took a huge step forward when North Figueroa became part of Route 66 in 1931. The Figueroa corridor (the street itself, followed by the Arroyo Seco Parkway just to the south) served as a segment of the famous road that brought immigrants and visitors to California from 1931 to 1934 and again from 1936 to 1960. The movie palaces brought the grandeur of Hollywood to quiet suburban and Middle American communities. Automobiles and Route 66 took Americans toward Tinseltown and the Land of Sunshine. The Highland Theatre is reflective of a

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time when communities like Highland Park were becoming, in a sense, shared space. “The Highland Theatre rooftop sign is a local treasure,” says Figueroa Street resident and business owner Amy Inouye, co-coordinator, with Nicole Possert, of the sign project. “Its relighting is a symbol of community pride. Many individuals and local groups have contributed to the relighting fund, showing how valuable we think it is. It represents Highland Park’s ‘sense of place,’ and it also highlights the commercial corridor and Figueroa Street’s Historic Route 66 history.” Route 66 in Highland Park hasn’t always had the P.R. buzz that the famous highway has had in other parts of the country, or even in other parts of California. That may be about to change. The Highland Theatre sign restoration is an initial step in a long-term project to bring back local Route 66 roadside signs and attractions. Next up: the Manning’s Coffee Store sign atop what is now Las Cazuelas Restaurant will be relit later this year. “The efforts of the project team to restore the historic Highland Theatre and Manning’s Coffee Store signs are to be commended,” says Kaisa Barthuli, New Mexico-based Program Manager for the National Park Service Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program, who will be in Highland Park for the sign relighting. “These signs were in operation during the long period that Figueroa Street was commissioned as U.S. Highway 66, bringing character and brilliance to the busy commercial corridor. Restoring them reinvigorates Highland Park’s unique and special qualities and pays tribute to the community’s commercial and automobile heritage.” Highland Theatre sign community partners: H sponsored by The Highland Park Heritage Trust I sponsored by The Highland Park Heritage Trust G sponsored by The Uptown Gay and Lesbian Alliance H sponsored by many individual donations L sponsored by Sharon Lilly & Joan Potter A sponsored by Louisa Van Leer & Rodney Ascher & Family (A” is for the Awesome baby Anton Ascher) N sponsored by The Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council D sponsored by The Northeast Democratic Club T 10th anniversary gift to Tom Marble from Pae White H sponsored by The Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council E sponsored by the Ebell Club of Highland Park A sponsored by Arroyo Apartments, Adam Bray-Ali T sponsored by Robert Carey & Katrina Webb, Sotheby’s International Realty R sponsored by Rita Baird E sponsored by Councilperson Ed Reyes, CD1 Besides the support from locals, the Route 66day A city view from Montecito Heights on a project is made possible by a grant fromthe skies. when fires painted the National Park Service Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program. Donations are still happily accepted forScott Rubelsign maintePhoto by a theatre • Flickr nance fund and for the relighting of the Manning’s sign. Visit futurestudio.typepad.com/highland_park_lights/.

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In April of 2010, the arroyo Seco JournaL reported on major changes in the works for the Cypress Park/Lincoln Heights/Elysian Valley gateway intersection of North Figueroa Street/ San Fernando Road/Riverside Drive. Now, one year later, Phase 1 of the intersection make-over is complete. On March 30, community members gathered on its northeast corner for the dedication of Confluence Plaza. The dominant feature of the new plaza is a major water feature. At the dedication, politicians and activists flipped a giant switch, causing geysers of water to burst forth from the ground to the accompaniment of the Northeast L.A.’s Santa Cecilia Orches-

tra. The dignitaries had barely retired to their refreshments when neighborhood children began showing up on bicycles, anxious to get soaked on a warm Spring evening. The Plaza dedication was hosted by The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, City Councilmember Ed Reyes and the office of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Confluence Plaza is located near the confluence of the Los Angeles River and the Arroyo Seco. It also sits on the confluence of two worlds. When looked at from one direction, the backdrop to the water geysers is the southeastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains. When viewed from another direction, the backdrop is a freeway interchange and a

Home Depot parking lot. 125 species of birds call local river-side communities home. Yet the site is at a junction of some of L.A.’s most densely populated residential neighborhoods. The dedication of the plaza marked a 180-degree turnaround for a former brownfield site on a scrap of land under two freeways. Confluence Plaza was designed by landscape architect Mia Lehrer. The project was shepherded by The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority’s Barbara Romero. The water feature was designed by WET. There is much more to come, including the installation of a major piece of public art right in the middle of the intersection. In the meantime, water shows take place on the hour. The public is welcome to get wet.

The home of the Zuniga Family, on Marmion Way between Avenue 54 and Avenue 55, has been turned into a “Home as Canvas.” More than a mural, the entire house is now evocative of the Zunigas’ Nicaraguan heritage, with tropical plants; Nicaragua’s national bird, the Motmot, and poetry by acclaimed Nicaraguan poet GioconPlease turn to page 16
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home aS canvaS: What many people know of Highland Park is limited to what they see though the windows of Gold Line trains. Between the Highland Theater sign on the north and the Southwest Museum to the south, the trains slow down through an above ground, narrow residential corridor. And that little corridor, along Marmion Way, is—

Luis Ituarte, has a history of involvement with Avenue 50 Studio. And it was Avenue 50 Studio Director Kathy Gallegos who suggested Marmion Way as a site for Casas Arte. The completion of the Zuniga home marked the end of phase one of the project. Phase two is about to begin with the painting of another house on Marmion Way. Govine Ituarte says that the plan is to eventually have ten “Home as

was also a donation from the WalMart Store in Duarte and additional support provided by The Marmion Way and Avenue 56 Neighborhood Watch. an urban foreSt A group of local residents has come together as an Urban Forest Collaborative to bring trees to local boulevards. New trees now fill wells where old trees have been lost in Highland Park and in Eagle Rock, and more are on the way. The trees are drought tolerant, and their canopies, as the trees mature, will enhance the experience of the boulevards for pedestrians. The most recent planting took place April 30 on York. Participants and passers-by wrote wishes, such as “My wish is for a healthy, safe and happy Highland Park,” on scraps of paper, which are now part of the ground beneath a native Sycamore tree in the 5600 block. The “Plant a Wish” event was filmed and will become part of a documentary highlighting tree planting efforts in all 50 U.S. states. 16 trees were planted that day. More will be added in the coming months. “The significance of the event is in people from the neighborhood working together,” said local activist and artist Jane Tsong. “Ten to twenty years from now, it’s going to be so shady and nice.” Tree planters included members of local scout troops, high school students and neighborhood council members. The Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council provided funding. Tree People, a non-profit that brings people, trees and sustainability together, provided the knowhow. The ongoing care of the trees will be a community effort as well. Even drought-tolerant trees need water when they are young. And merchants and municipalities everywhere have a misguided habit of hacking trees into lollipop shapes that causes them to sprout at sign level rather than mature into shade canopies. But along York, property owners have agreed to water the trees, and local volunteers, including members of the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Coun-

The home of the Zuniga Family, on Marmion Way between Avenue 54 and Avenue 55, has been turned into a “Home as Canvas.” More than a mural, the entire house is now evocative of the Zunigas’ Nicaraguan heritage, with tropical plants; Nicaragua’s national bird, the Motmot, and poetry by acclaimed Nicaraguan poet Gioconda Belli painted across the house’s façade.

piece by piece—slowly turning into something that will show the world that Highland Park is a vibrant, artsrich destination. The home of the Zuniga Family, on Marmion Way between Avenue 54 and Avenue 55, has been turned into a “Home as Canvas.” More than a mural, the entire house is now evocative of the Zunigas’ Nicaraguan heritage, with tropical plants; Nicaragua’s national bird, the Motmot, and poetry by acclaimed Nicaraguan poet Gioconda Belli painted across the house’s façade. And the Zuniga house is only the beginning. Highland Park’s “Casas Arte Home Intervention Project,” is an undertaking of two arts non-profit organizations. One is the Consejo Fronterizo de Arte y Cultura (COFAC)/Border Council of Arts and Culture, which is located jointly in Tijuana, where is has painted several art houses in a Colonia, and Pasadena. The other is Highland Park’s own Avenue 50 Studio. Gerda Govine Ituarte, who heads up COFAC together with her husband

Canvas” houses along the Gold Line Corridor. Project artists on the Zuniga house were Daniel Ruiz of Highland Park, Jennifer Gutierrez Morgan of Los Angeles and Julio Orozco of Tijuana, with documentation by Kavita Sharma. The design was chosen by the Zuniga Family. Although the design is fanciful, it was executed with respect for the 1901 bungalow that serves as its canvas. The Casas Arte project seeks to build cultural connections among local residents, artists and Gold Line commuters. It serves as a bridge between Highland Park’s rich family histories and architectural heritage and its vibrant, artistic, transit-friendly present. And hopefully, a lot of Gold Line riders will be enticed to get off the train and see what else Highland Park has to offer. Funding for phase one was provided by the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC) Transnational Cultural Remittances (TCR)/ Ford Foundation Grant. There

An electrician works hard to get the bulbs changed in time for the official lighting ceremony.

cil, are taking Tree People training to ensure proper tree maintenance. The new York Boulevard trees include two California Sycamores. It isn’t possible to plant many natives in existing tree wells, because the wells are too small. Most of the trees are London Planes, cousins to the native sycamores, which pick up on existing Northeast Los Angeles landscaping. There is also a new touch, a couple of Mexican Planes, which sport deep, rich color and are expected to be evergreen on York while other trees lose their leaves in winter. Tsong likens the mix of trees from different backgrounds to the cultural mix that exists in Highland Park. And, according to Tsong, trees can do even more for a community beyond providing shade and reducing air and noise pollution. Shady comfort attracts customers, and Tsong cites studies that suggest that customers are willing to spend 20% more at local businesses if a commercial street is tree-lined. LoS angeLeS neighborhood dreamS Times are rough, and a lot of com-

munity improvements across the City have been back burnered. An economic downturn can generate some creative thinking, however. “I refuse to accept that a $6 billion operation cannot get anything done,” said Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti at an Atwater Village kick-off for his new Los Angeles Neighborhood Dreams (LAND) program. Residents of all Council District 13 neighborhoods, including the Northeast Los Angeles communities of Glassell Park, Atwater Village and Elysian Valley, have been gathering in forums sponsored by Garcetti to brainstorm and prioritize small projects that can be completed quickly and fairly cheaply, but which will further the pedestrian-oriented, business friendly, artistic natures of main corridors. Five to seven projects will be undertaken in each neighborhood. According to Garcetti, the chosen projects will fall somewhere in between “My sidewalk is broken” and “Fix traffic in Los Angeles.” Ideas generated at the meetings have ranged

from broad, such as incentives to attract good businesses, good uses for empty warehouses, community branding and job skill training, to quite specific, such as a grocery store in the empty sea food market on Riverside Drive and an outdoor patio near the Van de Kamps turned community college site. The projects are not envisioned as little pockets of renewal. Garcetti refers to them as “urban acupuncture.” “Put in one project,” the Councilmember says, “and the transformative effect on the entire body can be huge.” Glassell Park, Atwater Village and Elysian Valley are all defined to a large extent by their unique geographies. Glassell Park is a gateway community, serving as an entry point to much of Northeast L.A. Atwater Village and Elysian Valley both draw a lot of their identities from the Los Angeles River. Atwater Village resembles a quaint and quiet small town in the middle of a big city and is accessed by historic bridges. Elysian Valley is basically an island formed by the river and freeMay/June 2011 —17

A resident keeps track on voting on priorities for Atwater Village.

Glassell Park, Atwater Village and Elysian Valley are all defined to a large extent by their unique geographies. Glassell Park is a gateway community, serving as an entry point to much of Northeast L.A.

ways. Transportation has emerged a common theme among all three communities. There is a strong desire for DASH busses. Wishes for walkable boulevards and easy transit connections have been frequent. Atwater Village and Elysian Valley residents have discussed better linkages across the river and a bike path extension, and some Atwater Village residents have long sought an equestrian bridge. Beautification and streetscaping in Glassell Park are envisioned widely to include all of the elements that grew up around the neighborhood’s transit structure—from main boulevards and their wide medians that cap trolley tracks to stairs built to bring residents down to the boulevards, to alleys. Atwater Village and Elysian Valley residents have brought up murals and community signage, as well as greening of streets for both beautification and water-reclamation. A committee has formed in each community to distill all of the ideas generated in larger meetings. In June there will be a gathering of participants from all CD13 communities and a presentation of plans. eagLe rock centenniaL: What better time than a birthday for a make-over? The Northeast community of Eagle Rock is celebrating its 100th this year. A party sponsored by Councilmember José Huizar took place in March at Los Angeles City

Hall. (Click here to see the photos.) More events are taking place through the year. There is also an interest is creating something lasting as Eagle Rock enters its next hundred years. The Urban Forest Collaborative, whose efforts on York Boulevard are detailed above, has also been active in Eagle Rock. New trees were planted, with support of The Eagle Rock Association (TERA), in March, along Colorado Boulevard and around the corner onto Eagle Rock Boulevard, in celebration of the community’s centennial. “We wanted to do something that would improve the community in a concrete way,” Jane Tsong says of the Eagle Rock birthday planting. Meanwhile, local artist and activist Linda Johnstone Allen is leading an effort to commemorate the Centennial with a large public artwork. The west end of Colorado Boulevard, where visitors enter Eagle Rock via surface streets from Glendale or via the 134 or 2 Freeways, is currently singularly unattractive. The view is dominated by dirty freeway overpasses and buttresses and often by a good bit of trash. Allen is proposing the creation of welcoming art work at the Eagle Rock gateway. The work would celebrate the Eagle Rock’s history, while providing something that could contribute to the community for the next 100 years. According to Allen, the work would possibly be done in ceramic

tile, which would pick up on the use of a medium that is already common in the area. york viSion PLan uPdate: The arroyo Seco JournaL has reported on City Councilmember José Huizar’s visioning process for York Boulevard from Avenue 50 to Avenue 56 in the past. The process is well underway. A large number of area residents and business people have participated in a series of five community workshops where they have brainstormed and voted on what projects to undertake. Participants have chosen to create street patios—artistically designed seating areas where residents and shoppers can relax, socialize and enjoy beverages and food from York Boulevard businesses. In a move supportive of both public safety and beautification, participants also have chosen to install antique-style lighting. Another priority for the group is the conversion of the vacant lot at York and Avenue 50, which is privately owned and has contaminated soil, from blight to park space. At Workshop #6, participants will walk the corridor and decide where to put the street porches and the lighting. All residents, business owners and community stakeholders are invited. Gather Monday, May 16, at 6 p.m., at the Glass Studio, 5052 York Boulevard, ready to walk.

“We wanted to do something that would improve the community in a concrete way,” artist Jane Tsong says of the Eagle Rock birthday planting.

And, Speaking of Landmarks......
The Highland Theatre is the only movie theatre in Northeast Los Angeles. But that wasn’t always the case. Movie houses dotted the Northeast map for decades. Some were demolished years ago. But most of the buildings are still standing on our main streets. We’ve researched over 20 sites all over Northeast LA, and you can see the video of all the theatres on our Facebook page, or on our blog. (www.arroyosecojournal.blosspot.com). We invite you to share with us your memories of these theatres (and any others we may have missed). Send us your thoughts at www.facebook.com/arroyosecojournal, and we’ll share your comments in a future issue.

Some of Highland Park’s former theatres: (Clockwise L to R:) 1. The Sunbeam Theatre on North Figueroa predated the Highland. It was purchased by the owners of the Highland when that theatre opened, in order to be put out of business and eliminate competition. The original building now houses a typewriter repair shop, but it does so minus almost all of its ornamentation. Ironically, the business now furnishes period-accurate typewriters to movie studios. 2. The Highland’s closest competition, beginning in the mid-1930s, was provided by the Park Theatre just up the street. With just half the seating capacity of the Highland, the Park occupied the northern portion of the lot where the Dollar Tree now sits. The theatre was already long out of business when the building was lost to an arson fire. 3. While the Park provided the entertainment just north of the Highland, the Franklin did the same just to the south. The building is still there, (The stage is vaguely intact in the back), though converted to an industrial purpose. 4. Residents of west Highland Park, and trolley car riders, attended movies for many years at the York Theater, located at York Boulevard and Avenue 50.

Presenting the 4th Annual Lummis Day Library Series

VIVA POETRY!
During the first three Saturdays in May from 2-5pm hear live poetry from Los Angeles poets and learn to write or improve your own poetry. All events are free and open to the public. Saturday, May 7, 2-4pm @ Autry National Center / 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, 90027. Poetry in a Golden Nutshell by Austin Strauss. Most of what you need to know about contemporary poetry in 7 minutes! To be followed by short reading by this iconic LA poet. FREE WORKSHOP with Brendan Constantine, suitable for beginners to advanced poets. Special appearance by Autry docent, SKIP GILLETTE, will present two classic traditional poems. May 14, 2-4pm @ The Eagle Rock Library / 5027 Caspar Avenue, Los Angeles, 90041. SUZANNE LUMMIS presents best-loved poems of the Eagle Rock branch library and a FREE WORKSHOP with JESSICA GOODHEART, suitable for beginners to advanced poets. May 21 @ 2-4pm, Arroyo Seco Regional Branch / 6145 N. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, 90042. OPEN READING Be a part of the line-up or just come to listen to emerging and established poets in the Northeast Los Angeles area. This event will wrap-up the Lummis Day Library Series and kick-off the 6th Annual Lummis Day Festival on Sunday June 5. POETRY SIGN-UP’S AT 1:30. Brendan Constantine’s work has appeared in Ploughshares, The Cortland Review, The Malpais Review and RUNES. New work is forthcoming in Field, Rattle, Redivider, and PANK. His collection, Letters To Guns, was released in 2009 from Red Hen Press. He is currently poet-in-residence at The Windward School and Loyola Marymount University Extension. Jessica Goodheart’s work has appeared in The Best American Poetry, The Antioch Review, Blue Arc West: An Anthology of California Poets, Mudfish, Salamander, Cider Press Review, Pearl and other journals. She was featured in the Newer Poets reading, sponsored by the Los Angeles Poetry Festival. Her first book, entitled Earthquake Season, was published by Word Press in 2010. Austin Straus is a poet/visual artist. He was host of The Poetry Connexion on Pacifica Radio. He's worked for human rights with Amnesty International and other groups. He taught English, art, poetry workshops and philosophy. He creates unique artists books, paintings, collages and prints. Publications include Drunk with Light (2002) and Intensifications (2010) from Red Hen Press. He has been married to poet/writer Wanda Coleman for 30 years. The painting in the background is titled "Ruined City." Photo Credit: Steven Oshatz This event is made possible with the generous support of PEN Center USA. For more information about Lummis Day, visit lummisday.org

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Northeast LA’s Favorite Holiday Returns!
Music, dance and poetry representing a colorful patchwork of cultural traditions will be presented at the sixth annual Lummis Day Festival, Sunday, June 5, the free all-day arts festival that has become the signature cultural event of the Northeast L.A. neighborhoods. The dual-site Festival runs from 10:30am-7:00pm. The Music The main stages for Lummis Day’s performances will again be Heritage Square Museum (3800 Homer Street), where the best of home-grown Northeast L.A. music, dance, food and community resources will be presented amid the historic and architecally significant buildings that have been preserved at the “living park and museum.

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the dance Dance artists will include the Ballet Coco Mexican folkloric performers, the Cleary Irish Dancers, a classical and jazz ensemble from the Renaissance Arts Academy and the Cypress Park Folkloric Dancers. Poet Wanda Coleman will read her work with the accompaniment of jazz guitarist Joe Calderon. Additional performances will be announced , on the Lummis Day website, www.lummisday.org. .The Art Artists featured at this year’s art exhibit, “The Lummis Print Fair,” will include Olivia Barrionuevo, Kathy Gallegos-Mas, Cidne Hart, Linda Lyke, Don Newton, Poli Marichal, Sonia Romero & Rod Smith. The exhibit, which will be hung within the century-old Lummis Home salon and adjoining rooms, is curated by Juan de Jose. Outside, in the courtyard, craft exhibits will be on display and wood-carving demonstrations will provide family entertainment from noon until 5:00pm.

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The Lummis Day Schedule
Sunday, June 5, 2011
Stage One - Music
Official Welcome: LA Water Singers, Smudging Ceremony,and introductions by Eliot Sekuler 1 p.m. Dub8 2: 15 p.m. Brasil, Brazil 3:30 p.m. Gingger Shankar 4:45 p.m. La Santa Cecilia 6 p.m. The Delgado Brothers

Stage two- dance
1:45 p.m. Cypress Park Folklorico 3 p.m. Wanda Coleman, Poet, and Joe Calderon, jazz guitar 5:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. Ballet Coco

Stage Three - Family
1 p.m. Nightingale Middle School 1:20 p.m. The Puppets and Players Theatre 1:45 p.m. Cleary Irish Dancers 2:15 p.m. The Puppets and Players Theatre 3:15 p.m. Futura Latin Salsa Ensemble 3:45 p.m. El-Haru Kuroi 4:15 p.m. Teo Franco y su Trio San Pedro

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A Place Called Terranea
Romance and Relaxation at the Former Marineland of the Pacific.
candace mettiLL The azure sky met the turquoise water of the ocean as we drove along the rugged rock cliffs. A lone pelican soared over the
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fourth floor. Our room included a king size bed, flat screen HD TV, a refrigerator instead of a minibar (nice touch) and a balcony

sunlit water looking for its breakfast. Were we in some Mediterranean paradise? No, we were on the Palos Verdes Peninsula looking forward to a romantic weekend at the brand new Terranea Resort. Located in Rancho Palos Verdes on the site of what used to be Marineland of the Pacific, the Terranea Resort makes full use of the 102 acre-property with winding walking paths, three pools, an oceanfront spa, three signature restaurants, a 9-hole par 3 golf course and 360 hotel rooms, 30 suites, 20 bungalows, 50 ocean view Casitas and 32 Villas. The architecture fits the setting with Mediterranean influences and incredible ocean views from most of its rooms. Like Marineland, Terranea is terraced and we were surprised to find that the resort’s lobby is actually on the
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with a table and chairs that overlooked the ocean. I slept with the balcony doors open so I could hear the ocean. All was quiet and still except for the sound of the waves that lulled me to sleep. If you’re timing is right, in the mornings you can watch pods of dolphins at play and seabirds on the search for a meal. Speaking of meals, on the first night of our stay we ate dinner at Catalina Kitchen, one of the many restaurants on site. A casual dining restaurant, Catalina Kitchen serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and on Friday nights it offers a seafood buffet that is outstanding. Freshly steamed crab legs are brought to your table if you want them (and who wouldn’t!) while an array of fresh fish and shellfish prepared in various dishes await at the buffet.

Sushi chefs busily prepare sushi and sashimi if you’re so inclined (and I was). My only complaint is that I can’t eat that much! Everything was delicious; from the assortment of salads, breads and cheeses to the wide range of main dishes and of course, dessert! We sat on the outdoor patio overlooking one of the pools and the ocean beyond. The beamed, Mediterranean style arcade dotted with colorful glass and wrought iron lanterns was beautiful. What a wonderful beginning to a relaxing weekend. The next morning we were scheduled for a couple’s massage at the oceanfront spa. Gentle rocking, acupressure

outside the Spa’s co-ed relaxation lounge overlooking the ocean. We felt serene, relaxed and refreshed. We decided to have lunch in the spa restaurant overlooking yet another pool with the ocean just beyond. Not wanting to “harsh our mellow” we took our time relaxing in the sun and just enjoying the gorgeous day. If you are into an active life-style the resort offers yoga, exercise classes and a fitness center along with kayaking, kayorkling (a combination of kayaking and snorkeling) and nature walks. For those wishing to embrace the beach lifestyle, Terranea Resort provides one-on-one and group volleyball and paddle

I slept with the balcony doors open so I could hear the ocean. All was quiet and still except for the sound of the waves that lulled me to sleep. If you’re timing is right, in the mornings you can watch pods of dolphins at play and seabirds on the search for a meal.
and passive stretching relieved the tension from the work-aday world. The Spa at Terranea is a wonderfully-designed (and spacious) building which also houses a salon, gift shop and café. It is situated on a point close to a clifftop with unobstructed ocean views, and is a holistic oasis. After a blissful 60 minutes, my companion and I stood on a large, wind-whipped balcony board lessons. Even if you are not all that active the way the resort is laid out will keep you walking in spite of yourself. For dinner we decided to dine at the Café Pacific on the Trump National Golf Course, a three minute drive from the resort. (Terranea also offers a bus that will take you to Trump if you wish to play a full round of golf or just enjoy a meal.) Overlooking the green golf course and blue ocean

the Café Pacific offers breathtaking views of the ocean and Catalina Island. The restaurant consists of a cozy room with brocade covered chairs, a hand-painted ceiling, a roaring fire and understated elegance. Newcomer Maitre D’

accompanied by the most sinfully delicious coconut curry sauce. It was sweet, savory and complex and melded with the buttery lobster in a favor ecstasy. I told Chef Jean Pierre that I would love to try the curry sauce on ice cream and

Georgio Silva has changed the dining room around to offer views of the ocean from most tables and a more intimate atmosphere. Chef Jean Pierre reworked the menu to take advantage of the vast bounty Southern California has to offer. Combining fresh seafood and local fruits and vegetables Chef Jean Pierre has created recipes that reflect California’s vast ethnic diversity as well as his bent for Mediterranean cuisine. Warm artichoke and hearts of palm were combined with pears, avocado, shaved Pecorino and citrus dressing to make a delicious starter. My companion ordered the tender beef Carpaccio served à la Nicoise with Peruvian potatoes, capers, haricot verts and Nicoise olives. Each bite rewarded the diner with a complex taste sensation. Our next course is frankly one I will never forget. It will go on my list of dishes I will crave, think about and order again. A lobster tail coated in tempura batter and fried to a crispy golden brown was

he admitted that he had and it was wonderful. House-made Papardelle pasta topped with tender braised beef in a complex red wine sauce and creamy risotto with porcini mushrooms and Pecorino cheese were served as our next course. Both were worthy of main course status, and are usually served that way. I’ve never eaten Skate but I’ve how fortunate for me that Chef Jean Pierre prepared it for me. Looking like a delicate fan, the Skate was touched with just a hint of orange and vanilla and served over a creamy soft polenta with a bit of bitter braised endive for contrast. I found a small amount of room to sample dessert: fresh peach and almond cheese cake and a trio of crème brulee. Both desserts where worthy of the calories; although I found the crème brulee to be a bit heavy, more a mousse than a true custard. I should add that the prices for these dishes are quite reasonable, beginning at $12.00 and going up to $40.00 for the ‘surf and turf.’ (Even

if we weren’t staying a few minutes down the cliffs, this restaurant is worth the hour’s drive to Palos Verdes just to enjoy a dinner created by Chef Jean Pierre.) Back at the ranch (or should I say, resort) my companion and I enjoyed a leisurely walk along one of the many lighted paths to a moonlit cove before retiring to our room for a restful sleep. The next morning (our last, we were leaving that afternoon) I delighted in exploring the many walking paths weaving through the property. One way took us to the cliffs overlooking Abalone Cove, along the other we could walk to one of the few lighthouses still left along the Pacific coast. Native grasses, flowers and cactus dot the grounds while indigenous birds and insects take advantage of the open spaces. I could wax poetic about the views of cliff, sea and sky, but they are best experienced in person. For Sunday brunch, I chose The Admiral Risty, a local hangout. I grew up in the South Bay so I know that some of the best food to be had is served in local restaurants with community roots. Opened in 1966, The Admiral Risty fit the bill. Decorated in 60’s nautical kitsch, this charming restaurant is situated only a few minutes from Terranea in a small shopping center with easy parking and a great view. They specialize in fresh seafood but do offer steaks, lamb and chicken if you are a land lubber. Admiral Risty’s Sunday brunch is a mixture of breakfasttype dishes and fresh fish. Your meal is started with fresh banana and lemon-poppy seed bread accompanied with plenty of soft butter. Fresh fruit and a Mimosa completed the

beginning to a great meal. I ordered the Dungeness Crab Cake Benedict; I didn’t think crab cakes could get any better but top them with a poached egg and excellent Hollandaise and you’ve got a Grand Prize winner. Plenty of crabmeat studded the cakes, with just enough spice to make them interesting. They were accompanied by browned potatoes served with plenty of onions and bell pepper. The Admiral Risty is a great place to come and watch the sunset while sipping a margarita (that only costs $8.00 instead of $13.00 at the resort) or for a change of pace while staying at Terranea. If you have kids, the Admiral Risty has a great, time-tested kids menu. It’s obviously a favorite of the locals; almost every seat in the restaurant was full when we ate there. The restaurant also offers take-out if you’d like to eat on the beach. The Terranea Resort is at 100 Terranea Way Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes. For reservations and more information call (310) 265-2800. They are offering special packages for the holidays, go to www.terranea. com for more information. The Pacific Café at Trump National Golf Club is at One Ocean Trails Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes. For reservations and more information call (310) 303-3265 or log onto www. trumpnational.com. The Admiral Risty is at 31250 Palos Verdes Drive West, Rancho Palos Verdes. For reservations and more information call (310) 377-0050 or log onto www. admiral-risty.com.

Candace Merrill is a staff writer at www.pasadenanow. com. Used by permission.

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Heres What we Like This Month!

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This is either the apex of convenenience or a new low in laziness. Reef has combinined a classic staple of beach life – the sandal – with a bottle opener. The “Fanning” is either brilliant or evil, we’re not sure. but you’re voting “brillliant,” right? www.reef.com

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Did you just tell the waiter you like the color of his dress and then order the national anthem as an appetizer? Scan a complete line of text and see a word-by-word translation with Franklin’s Super Pen, and avoid an international incident. The built-in text-to-speech technology can even dictate the words in English. MSRP: $229.00. www.franklin.com

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These things only seem stupid until you need them. Like the Trackstick II, for starters. Ever gotten lost while driving only to wonder later where you took a wrong turn? The Trackstick, slightly larger than a USB thumb drive, can help you retrace your steps by copying your travel route to GoogleEarth. Relive the comedy in the privacy of your own home, after the fact. www.trackstick.com. $199.99

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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7 is a lot of camera for the price— a whole lot. It’s a full-featured, compact digital camera with full high-definition video recording built-in. The camera’s got a 12.1 megapixel image sensor and an integrated GPS unit, which automatically records location information to image files. Whether you’re shooting wide landscapes or an action-packed sporting event, the 12x Leica VARIO-ELMAR zoom lens puts you right there in it. We drove some Panasonic cameras last holiday season, and were suitably impressed by just how much Panasonic was packing into these babies. Not cheap, but affordable, and you might not pull another camera out of your

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Wheel Life
Eddie Rivera

The 2011 Nissan 370z: Really dazzling. Really hot. Really impractical.
Two trips. Essentially the same scenario, last year and this year. I am traveling north on the 5, buzzing up the Grapevine to Buttonwillow and beyond. Last year it was blue. This year it’s red. I’ve crammed my 6’2” frame in to a Nissan 370z. The ride is powerful, responsive and as forceful as I want to push it. At one point on the way up, I stomp the accelerator, and my head is thrown back like a stupid scarecrow, as the Nissan’s horses kick into gear and the Z tears up the highway like Tommy Lasorda after the check arrives. (Sorry. Inside joke.) It’s frankly dazzling to look at, especially this year, as its design has advanced into a symphony of cool lines. This is a lot of vehicle with impressive handling and performance, but its shortcomings might be its eventual downfall. Sure, it’s fast and nimble, but without some better sight lines, you could easily be a sitting duck changing lanes out there. But most reviewers call this one a tough competitor in the “affordable” sports car class. (Affordable these days starts at $31,200.) The 370Z has a rocket-cockpit interior and gets major performance props, though the price is seriously knocking on the doors of some luxury sports cars. “The 370Z improves, and becomes more confidence-inspiring, as time is spent in the driver’s seat,” said the guys at Autoblog. “While the sixth-generation Z-car isn’t exactly the sports car to dethrone all others, at this price point, few others can touch its performance.” There is no question about the car’s performance, but it could use some help in the comfort department. There is an increased engine vibration in the not what you can do when you drive, it’s how quickly you can get out of it. The interior is cool enough, but I fear some space is wasted. An oversize dashboard compartment replaces a console compartment, and wouldn’t this have made a better place for a satellite navigation system and satellite radio?
From the Guys who Built it: Exterior (inches) Wheelbase 100.4 Overall length 167.2 Overall length (NISMO) 173.4 Overall width 72.6 Overall height 51.8 Track Width (inches) 18” Aluminum-alloy wheels (front/rear) 61.0/62.8 19” RAYS® forged alloy wheels (front/rear) 60.6/61.6 19” NISMO/RAYS® forged alloy wheels (front/rear) 61.2/62.2 Head room Leg room Hip room Shoulder room Interior (inches) 38.2 42.9 54.6 54.4

At one point on the way up, I stomp the accelerator, and my head is thrown back like a stupid scarecrow, as the Nissan’s horses kick into gear and the Z tears up the highway like Tommy Lasorda after the check arrives. (Sorry. Inside joke.)
upper rpms, road noise and some serious rearward visibility issues. However, considering the Z’s positive attributes, you can overlook a lot of shortcomings. After all, the 370Z is built more for performance than comfort. Reviewers agree that the Nissan 370Z is a phenomenal sports car for the price, especially since its base trim is more than capable right out of the box. As I took this one out of its box and pointed it north, I appreciated its overall power and swarthiness. It’s handling, along with its power, makes it a much safer car, with a smart driver. It’s

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Karen Daly

Bad Co-Workers, Cute Bosses and Wild Daughters
Dear Karen, I’m having a problem with a co-worker. She comes in late, takes longer than normal lunch and coffee breaks and even leaves early when no one is looking. It drives me crazy because I am always on time and never exaggerate my breaks. She seems to be doing her work well enough, I never seem to see her make mistakes, but it is frustrating to see what she can get away with. What should I say to her? Nancy, Mt. Washington Hi Nancy, You say you are this woman is a co-worker; therefore she is not someone who reports to you. You also say she appears to be doing her work properly. You don’t know if there is a reason, that she has perhaps has discussed with your boss. So perhaps it would be best to just mind your own business? And if you did say anything to her, what do you think the outcome would be? Do you think she’ll be inviting you to lunch anytime soon? Saying something is just going to bring a lot more frustration to your door, trust me on that! Dear Karen, I work in a grocery store and have a crush on my boss, George. He is the nicest guy in the world; gorgeous, intelligent, funny, caring, professional… he’s just perfect. Well, except for the fact he’s married! He hasn’t really given me any indication that he’s interested in me, but I just feel he is. How can I approach him and see if he feels the same way? Melissa, Garvanza Hi Melissa, You asked, “How can I approach your boss and see if he feels the same way?” Simple answer! You can’t! It is a no win situation. First of all, and most importantly, he is married. That means hands off. Secondly, if you were to say something, you risk losing your job, and if you don’t lose your job,
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you will be creating a very uncomfortable work environment for yourself. There are plenty of single men out there; you are just going to have to set your sights on one of them. Dear Karen, I’ve known my best friend Steve since we were kids. When we were in high school, he wasn’t interested in doing well. Once we were done, he did not continue his education, but I did. So now I have finished college, and she has been working in retail for the last 4 years. The problem is, we don’t have very much in common anymore. I find the time we spend together unpleasant and awkward, but she seems to really enjoy herself when we’re together. I just can’t spend time with him and don’t know how to tell him. Leon, Atwater Village Hi Olivia, I can’t really come up with a good way to tell Lindsey you don’t want to be friends anymore without really hurting her feelings. It might not be the right thing to do, but I would probably just try to avoid her, find reasons why you can’t go out (family, work etc.). Do keep in mind though, that she will probably come outright and ask why you’re avoiding her, then it will be time to gently explain that you feel that you no longer have a lot in common. Good luck! Dear Karen, There’s a girl I work with in my new job who is making my life miserable. She really can’t complain about my work, I haven’t made any mistakes or anything, but she has mean nasty things about me to my co-workers and it really hurts my feelings. Besides, most of the people she talks to don’t even know me so they are going to think I’m all the things she says I am. Should I talk to my boss about her, or maybe start saying things about her? How can I handle her? Monica, Eagle Rock

Dear Monica, Worst thing you could do would be to talk to your boss. You will look like the trouble maker, especially if the other girl denies it. Don’t even think about starting rumors about her. That is immature and won’t solve anything. Anybody with any brains will not believe malicious gossip. Do you remember the old adage, ‘sticks and stones may break your bones, but names will never hurt you’? This is a perfect example. Get to know your other co-workers and they will realize that the gossip was just that. Dear XXXX, My 13 year old daughter Caitlyn spends a lot of time on a social network site. I am very concerned that she is posting provocative pictures. I found one picture on my memory card that wasn’t too risqué, but it was close. I have tried to tell Caitlyn about the dangers and permanence of posting pictures but she doesn’t seem to care. I limit her use of the computer and make sure I have her passwords, but when she’s at her mother’s home, I have no control and her mother won’t even listen to me when I try to voice my concerns. What can I do to get Caitlyn to understand the dangers out there? Andy, El Sereno Dear Andy, I understand your fear, and it is a shame that your daughter’s mother isn’t listening to you. Type ‘dangers of posting pictures online’ into your search engine and it will give you a plethora of excellent articles outlining the very serious and real dangers of posting pictures online. Give a couple of the stories to Caitlyn and make sure she reads them. Discuss them with her. This should help, good luck!

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